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    Beyond the Ideological and the Political in "Jesus Camp," A Chat With Children's Pastor Becky Fische

    One of the most talked about films at the recent Tribeca Film Festival is the provocative new documentary about Evangelical Christians, "Jesus Camp." Children's pastor Becky Fischer became something of a lightning rod for many Tribeca festival audience members who watched one of the film's five fest...

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    Hot Docs '06: Activist Films A Plenty; A Herzog "Cancun" Blessing and Flowing Scotch

    You know spring has sprung in Toronto when the trees in Queen's Park are budding with life, the sun peeks from behind the clouds and documentary lovers and filmmakers crawl out of their respective caves to make their annual pilgrimage to Hot Docs (April 28-May 7), Toronto's homage to non-fiction film. The festival launched its 13th season this year with the North American premiere of Chema Rodriguez' "The Railroad All Stars," a documentary about a Guatemalan soccer team comprised of female sex workers. The screening was followed by a lively party, where industry types gathered to rub elbows with colleagues, grunt about funding shortages and f...

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    Hopkin's "Sheep" Wins International Prize at Hot Docs '06

    Ben Hopkins' "37 Uses For A Dead Sheep" won the best international documentary prize at the 2006 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The film is described by the festival as a "look at members of the once nomadic Kirghiz tribe as their younger generation adjusts to the modern world in Turkey." The prize for best Canadian doc feature went to Shelley Saywell's "Martyr Street" and the first-time director award went Greg Hamilton for "Mystic Ball." Honorable mentions in the international feature doc competition were awarded to Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" and Nikolaus Geyrhalter's "Our Daily Bread." The festival awarde...

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    Kids Will Be Kids: Three New Docs Capture Very Different Summer Camp Experiences

    With the Summer Solstice just two short months away, it's easy to begin daydreaming about trips to the beach, a getaway to a mountain cabin, or if you have kids, shipping them off to a summer camp. So it's apropos that three new documentaries about camps for kids have begun to emerge on the festiva...

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    Celebrating Garrett Scott

    The life and work of filmmaker Garrett Scott will be celebrated on Monday (April 24th) in New York City at the IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, NYC). Ian Olds, Jem Cohen, and others will participate in a program that will include clips from his films "Occupation: Dreamland" and "Cul De Sac: A Subhurban War Story". Organizers are inviting those who knew Garrett Scott personally, as well as those who were touched by his work. The memorial will run from 7:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Garrett Scott died last month, days before winning the Truer Than Fiction prize at the Independent Spirit Awards (an honor he shared with I...

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    Katrina, Class, Politics and A Few Filmmaking Legends in Spotlight at 9th Full Frame Doc Fest

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, organizers like to think of festival filmmakers as family. At the end of a busy weekend of movie watching last Sunday afternoon in Durham, NC, event founder and artistic director Nancy Buirski thanked attendees from the stage during the awards ceremony and BBQ lunch, congratulating all fest filmmakers and inviting them back to the event even if they don't have a film to show. Such warmth clearly works, because a number of doc directors made the trip to North Carolina just to hang out, see some movies, and support fellow filmmakers. A festival that embraces both emerging and established directors, t...

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    Focus Takes Worldwide Rights to Foulkrod's Doc, "The Ground Truth"

    Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature "The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends," which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Focus president James Schamus announced Monday. Cinetic brokered the deal with Focus, and the film is slated for a th...

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    DeVito/Clickstar Unveil VOD Doc Channel

    At the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC today, Danny DeVito joined executives from ClickStar, Inc. to announce the launch of Jersey Docs, a new entertainment channel on Clickstar's broadband VOD entertainment site that will offer digitally downloadable docs. At a panel discussion on Saturday, company CEO James Ackerman talked with attendees about the new company (which was founded by Morgan Freeman and includes funding from Intel). Freeman, narrator of last years hit doc "The March of the Penguins," said in a statement: "Danny and I have known each other for years and we both share a passion for documentaries. I am thrilled...

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    P.O.V. Doc Series Gears Up For A Diverse 19th Season

    PBS will kick-off the 19th season of its P.O.V. doc series on June 27, with Helene Klodawsky's "No More Tears." P.O.V., the longest running independent documentary series on American television, will air documentaries every Tuesday night from June through October at 10 p.m. This year's lineup addresses a number of timely themes from worldwide politics and poverty in America, to the growing phenomenon of baseball in Japan. The series opener "No More Tears," is set in Sri Lanka in the decades it was plagued by ethnic conflict and profiles the life of renowned human rights activist Dr. Rajani Thiranagama. Dr. Rajani, who was assassinated at age ...

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    History Channel Series Will Air 10 Historical Documentaries

    Beginning this Sunday, April 9, the History Channel will launch a week of special programming with 10 documentaries that will air as part of the series "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America." Each of the 10 films that will air is the work of award-winning documentary filmmakers, who were selected to tell the story of a specific event that had an impact on America's political, cultural or social landscape. Filmmakers used archival footage and artifacts to recreate these historical incidents that are played out through crafted scenes and interviews. The selection of documentaries also provides a balanced look at some of the more well-known...

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